Family Focused Therapy with Mobile App

Family Focused Therapy

Families in this study will be provided with Family Focused Therapy, a family intervention that has been shown in clinical trials to significantly aid youth with mood and stress challenges and their caregivers. The present study aims to learn how mobile technology enhances Family Focused Therapy for youth at risk for chronic mood difficulties. Family Focused Therapy was developed by CHAMP Director David Miklowitz and colleagues.

Families May Qualify If

  1. Teen (13-19) has current mood challenges
  2. A biological parent had a period of significant mood challenges (bipolar or depression) in childhood or adulthood
  3. A primary caregiver is willing to participate in treatment
  4. Youth and at least one primary caregiver is fluent in English
  5. Youth and at least one primary caregiver is willing to spend time between sessions using the therapy-enhancing tech tool
  6. Youth does not have a psychotic disorder or autism spectrum disorder


  1. Diagnostic assessment and intervention
  2. Payment for research evaluations (at intake, 9, 18, and 27 weeks) and app usage. Up to $410 total per family.

Primary Investigators: David Miklowitz, Ph.D., Armen Arevian, M.D., Ph.D.

Project Contact: Samantha Frey (310) 825-4354